Astrup Fearnley Museum at Tjuvholmen

Astrup Fearnley Museum at Tjuvholmen

Astrup Fearnley Museum at Tjuvholmen

Astrup Fearnley Museet is a private museum of contemporary art, and has since its opening in 1993 been one of the most important art institutions in Oslo. The museum moved to Tjuvholmen in 2012, beautifully located in Oslo centre by the Oslo Fjord in a building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. The museum presents temporary exhibitions of international art, and houses the Astrup Fearnley Collection, one of Norway’s most important and most extensive private collections of contemporary art, with iconic works by artists such as Damien Hirst, Anselm Kiefer and Jeff Koons.

 
Opening hours: Monday closed; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12-17; Thursday 12-19; Saturday and Sunday 11-17. Ticket sales ends half an hour before closing time.  Click here for opening hours on public holidays
Admission: Adults: 120,-   Students: 80,-   Children under 18 free;   Oslo pass free.

Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons

From 31st January 2020 until 17th May 2020, the museum is showing an exhibition of Contemporary African Art – Alpha Crucis.  This is an absolutely great exhibition and unreservedly recommended when you are in Oslo.  The pictures on the right below are from that exhibition while the others illustrate the quality and fascination of many of this art centre’s displays.

Looking in wonder at works by Damien Hirst

Miss Dakar: sculpture by Romuald Hazoumè, 2011 one of the jerry can masks exhibited

Above is one of the fascinating installations at the Alpha Crucis exhibition of Contemporary African Art.

Below: the photograph is taken in early February, as we are walking along Akerbrygge ((Aker Wharf where the boat from Vollen arrives in Oslo) towards the Astrup Fearnley Museum.  The tall square towers in the background are Oslo City Hall.

The Bear Park  (Bjørneparken) – the place to get close to bears, moose, lynx, reptiles as well as farm animals.

The Bear Park (Bjørneparken) – the place to get close to bears, moose, lynx, reptiles as well as farm animals.

The Bear Park (Bjørneparken) – the place to get close to bears, moose, lynx, reptiles as well as farm animals.

At the Bear Park at Flå, the animals are housed in large natural enclosures. You can watch the animals up close and learn about them from the park  presenters. In March of 2016, the park opened the largest crocodile exhibition in Norway, with 30 crocodiles, snakes and tortoises.
There is a lot for kids to explore and do in the play areas, such as an obstacle course, zip-line, outdoor and indoor playgrounds.  There are also several restaurants.

The park is open every day from Easter to the middle of October:
From March 19th 10 – 16:00; from May 1st 10 – 18:00 and from August 15th 10 – 17:00  Tickets can be purchased at the entrance and the park advises early as possible arrival.  Adult ticket NOK 290,-, child 240,-

Bear Park 3539 Flå, Norway  Latitude: 60.434673 | Longitude: 9.445649 Altitude: 203 meters

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter / Art Exhibition Centre

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter / Art Exhibition Centre

Henie Onstad Kunstsenter / Art Exhibition Centre

The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK) is located in the beautiful park and recreation area of Høvikodden on the Oslo fjord peninsula, surrounded by public trails, wharfs and shorelines.  The statues outdoors in the park are well worth looking at.  The exhibitions change several times a year.  For example from 3rd January to 3rd May the Henie Onstad Centre is hosting an absolutely fascinating exhibition of Picasso’s Suite 347 which consists of 347 erotic etchings and engravings. The suite of works has only been presented in its entirety once before.  In addition the exhibition presents Picasso’s work in the Government Quarter in Oslo.
From 3rd January to 23rd August 2020 there is a mini exhibition of Claude Monet’s motifs from Norway.  These paintings are really beautiful and a treat for those who love Impressionist work.

The museum ticket is NOK 120,-, students NOK 70,-  with free entrance for children and youths below 18 years.
Opening hours:
Monday: closed
Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 17:00 but open until 22.00 on Thursdays
The centre is closed on 1st, 17th and 30th May; 21st December – 26th December and on December 31st and January 1st.

The photos shown below are from the permanent Yayoi Kusama installation – Hymn of Life (on the upper left hand side), the Picasso Exhibition and the Monet exhibition (on the lower right side)

Sonja Henie was one of Norway’s most famous women, winning three Olympic gold medals, six European Championships and ten World Championships in figure skating and, after 1936, becoming a very successful film actress in Hollywood.  Sonja and her husband Niels Onstad donated all her awards, films and documentation as well as their art collection to the Exhibition Centre at Høvik in Bærum.
Today the Henie Onstad Art Centre is well known for its modern art exhibitions, sculpture park and events.

Henie Onstad kunstsenter Sonja Henies vei 31, 1311 Høvikodden, Norway

Hop-on Hop-off Tours of Oslo

Hop-on Hop-off Tours of Oslo

Hop-on Hop-off Tours of Oslo

Spend a day seeing the sights of Oslo, the oldest of the Scandinavian Capitals, from an open-top, double-decker tour bus. Your pass is valid for a full 24-hour period, and you can hop on and off at your leisure. You will enjoy 360-degree views from the open top of the bus and learn about the city’s history from your multilingual audio guides.  The full loop lasts 90 minutes and frequency at the stops is every half hour.  Book your ticket online

Stops include:
• Oslo City Hall
• Oslo Cruise Terminal & Akershus Fort.
• Oslo Opera House
• Oslo Central Station
• Clarion Royal Christiania Hotel
• Grand Hotel & Karl Johan Street
• Oslo Parliament & Karl Johan
• The Royal Castle & The Ibsen Museum
• Vigeland Sculpture Park
• Norwegian Museum Of Cultural History
• Viking Ship Museum
• Kon-Tiki, Fram & Norwegian Maritime Museum
• Norwegian Museum Of Cultural History
• Aker Brygge

Useful to know:

Stop 1 is at the City Hall

The bus operates from 1st April – 30th October 2019

First departure is at 10:00

Last departure is at 16:30

There will be earlier departures when cruise ships are in port

Sculpture Park – Magne Furuholmen

Sculpture Park – Magne Furuholmen

Sculpture Park – Magne Furuholmen

Magne Furuholmen became famous as a member of the Norwegian world famous group, Aha.  He still performs occasionally with the group, but in the last years has become one of Norway’s best artists and sculptors.  In 2016, the Sculpture Park at Fornebuporten with all the works solely by Magne, was opened by Queen Sonia.  This is now the largest collection of ceramic works in Scandinavia today.

The largest objects are 6 meters tall and weigh around 9 tons each. The sculptures are placed both in freestanding positions as well as in granite-pools, with the use of water and steam as atmospheric elements to reflect the changing seasons of the year.

Fornebuporten Oksenøyveien 8 -10, 1360 Fornebu, Norway
Latitude: 59.904779 | Longitude: 10.624641

Getting to Sheeps Inn by car in winter

Getting to Sheeps Inn by car in winter

The photo is from 16th January 2018 after a heavy fall of snow.  However the first snow can arrive as early as the end of October.  In winter conditions you can still drive up Vollen skog road but if there is a lot of snow, or minor roads are icy, it is possible to use the alternative route.  Turn off Slemmestadveien into Vollenveien.  Continue 3 more minutes up the road past Vollenskog and turn into Vollenlia.  Then take the first road on your left into Golia and down to Vollen Skog.  Left again and my house is on the right.  It is best to back down into the drive.